- an implement consisting of a broad blade or scoop attached to a long handle, used for taking up, removing, or throwing loose matter, as earth, snow, or coal.
- any fairly large contrivance or machine with a broad blade or scoop for taking up or removing loose matter: a steam shovel.
- a shovelful.
- Informal. shovel hat.
- to take up and cast or remove with a shovel: to shovel coal.
- to gather up in large quantity roughly or carelessly with or as if with a shovel: He shoveled food into his mouth.
- to dig or clear with or as if with a shovel: to shovel a path through the snow.
- to work with a shovel.
Origin of shovel
Related Words for shoveledtrowel, excavate, dredge, scoop, load, unearth, shift, move, mine, muck, burrow, pass, delve, throw, digger, spade, excavator
Examples from the Web for shoveled
Contemporary Examples of shoveled
But she shoveled these fragments of coal into her engine, and hotter she burned.Maya Angelou Knew How To Inspire As A Writer, Teacher, and Great Human Being
May 28, 2014
Leon and Butch shoveled some dirt onto the coffin, then thanked the men for their assistance.John Grisham's First Short Story: Part Two
October 26, 2009
Historical Examples of shoveled
Wagons and horses that upset had to be shoveled out of the drifts.
The sand, of course, has to be shoveled from the tank and this will cost about 10 cts.
The concrete was shoveled from the platforms to place and rammed.
The concrete was shoveled direct from the mixing boards to place.
And the men took shovels and shoveled 121the stuff into the wagon in no time.The Doers
William John Hopkins
- an instrument for lifting or scooping loose material, such as earth, coal, etc, consisting of a curved blade or a scoop attached to a handle
- any machine or part resembling a shovel in action
- Also called: shovelful the amount that can be contained in a shovel
- short for shovel hat
- to lift (earth, etc) with a shovel
- (tr) to clear or dig (a path) with or as if with a shovel
- (tr) to gather, load, or unload in a hurried or careless wayhe shovelled the food into his mouth and rushed away
Word Origin for shovel
Old English scofl, sceofol "shovel," related to scufan (see shove (v.)), from Proto-Germanic *skublo (cf. Old Saxon skufla, Swedish skovel, Middle Low German schufle, Middle Dutch shuffel, Dutch schoffel, Old High German scuvala, German Schaufel). Shovel-ready, with reference to construction projects, is attested by 2006.
mid-15c., from shovel (n.). Related: Shoveled; shoveling. Cf. German schaufeln, verb from noun.